Cloth was founded in 2000 as a collaboration between Christopher Farr, Matthew Bourne and Michal Silver. For Christopher and Matthew, who spearheaded the contemporary rug design movement of the past 30 years, designing and producing fabrics was a natural progression. Michal Silver trained as a fashion designer and her love for fabrics was born while creating the men’s and women’s collections for Mulberry in the mid to late 1990s where she used interior textiles to create her designs.
Drawing on their art and fashion backgrounds, Cloth very quickly focused its collection around prints. Together, they discovered an artisanal print house on the outskirts of London that became a laboratory for Cloth experiments and played a central role in the development of the collection.
The collection currently comprises more than 60 designs of prints and weaves, utilizing the highest quality fabrics , from combed Egyptian cottons and Belgian linens to dyed acrylic fabrics suitable for outdoor use. Cloth works with the best contemporary artists and designers–including Kit Kemp, Tord Boontje, Javier Mariscal, Kate Blee, Ilse Crawford, and US based design collective Commune, to create stunning new work whilst also searching the archives of design pioneers of the last century such as Anni Albers, Raoul Dufy and Michael Szell to produce new collections for a new audience.
As its collection expands, Cloth maintains the same principles of artistic experimentation and a willingness to explore new techniques that have been at the route of its success for more than a decade.